Issues and Ideas

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Issues and Ideas is a show that features a wide variety of voices sharing their thoughts and perspectives about local people, issues and events on the Central Coast. You might hear a policy maker discussing new regulation, an artist sharing his creative process, an entrepreneur exploring sustainable business practices, or an author talking about her latest book. Regular contributors and segments include: Greta Mart with KCBX News , Stephen DeLuque and Crissa Hewitt's Ears On Art , travel correspondent Tom Wilmer's Journeys of Discovery , Brian Reynolds, Marisa Waddell, and others.

Episode Date
Issues & Ideas: The SLO County supervisor race and food literacy on the Central Coast
The 2020 California Primary election is underway. In San Luis Obispo County, almost 80 percent of voters do so by mail, and by now, most have received their ballots. Over the next few weeks, KCBX News will be airing interviews with many of the candidates appearing on Central Coast ballots. On this week’s Issues and Ideas, we talk to four candidates running for the San Luis Obispo County board of supervisors.
Feb 12, 2020
Issues & Ideas: Farmworking family housing in Salinas, SLO YIMBYism and flying trapeze
In this episode of Issues & Ideas, we discuss affordability and housing issues on the Central Coast. Greta Mart speaks with journalist Kate Cimini of the Salinas Californian newspaper and CalMatters about her reporting on Salinas farmworking families . In another segment, we learn more about San Luis Obispo County’s YIMBY movement. YIMBY means 'Yes In My Backyard,' and the grassroots group advocates for creating more affordable housing stock in established city neighborhoods.
Feb 04, 2020
Issues & Ideas: Local response of lran/U.S. tensions, an 'Imperfect Union' and brewing kombucha
On this week’s Issues & Ideas, we talk to members of Cal Poly’s Iranian Student Cultural Organization. Following recently-increased tensions between Iran and the United States, the group is hosting a panel for the San Luis Obispo community, featuring experts on the history of conflict between the two countries.
Jan 29, 2020
Playing With Food: Fermenting kombucha
Fermented stuff is all the rage these days. One fermented product is popping up all over the Central Coast—not just for sale, but in people’s garages—and that’s kombucha. Playing With Food checked in with both a commercial kombucha brewer and a home brewer to get a taste of what is kombucha.
Jan 27, 2020
Issues & Ideas: Leadership SLO, the Women's March and financial literacy for high schoolers
On this week’s Issues & Ideas , we get better acquainted with former San Luis Obispo city councilmember Dan Rivoire. He was recently selected to be the new executive director of leadership development for the SLO Chamber of Commerce . He’s tasked with running Leadership SLO, a county-wide program designed to bring participants out of their comfort zones to learn new leadership styles and ways of handling diversity in opinions and people. And the 2020 Women's March will take place on Saturday, January 18. Marches are planned across the United States and in several global cities, and here on the Central Coast, there'll be marches in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Santa Maria. We speak to two of the Santa Maria march organizers about why they felt it was important to organize in northern Santa Barbara County. Former CIA operative H.K. Roy speaks with correspondent Tom Wilmer about about his new book, American Spy . Roy’s 14-year career includes pursuing Russian spies, eluding the
Jan 16, 2020
Playing With Food: Holiday Special 2019
This episode is a 'Playing With Food' holiday extravaganza, with three segments featuring foods along the Central Coast. The podcasts for the individual segments of the holiday special can be found below and on the 'Playing With Food' page , including the recipes for latkes and Hanukkah donuts.
Dec 23, 2019
Playing With Food: A tamale holiday party
In Mexico and for many Mexican-American families, Christmas means tamale time. This little package of meat and mole nestled in cornmeal and wrapped in a corn husk can be found at many a taqueria here in California.
Dec 23, 2019
Playing With Food: The magic of oil at Hanukkah
Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. As with every Jewish holiday, symbolic food is prominently featured in the celebrations. Since the observance recalls the miracle of a one-day’s supply of lamp oil lasting a full eight days, oil takes center stage…in the preparation of the holiday treats.
Dec 23, 2019
Playing With Food: A Brussels holiday
It’s the holiday season, and what goes with the winter holidays better than Brussels sprouts? So many people hate them, yet they adorn many a holiday table across the country. There is an endless supply of the cute, tiny cabbages here on the Central Coast, and in this episode of "Playing With Food," Father Ian tries to help you fall in love with them or love them even more.
Dec 23, 2019
Issues & Ideas: A health library, winemaking in Lodi and a bike ride through Big Sur
On this week’s Issues & Ideas: We sit down with two Santa Barbara librarians to discuss a new class open to the public called 'Fact or Fiction,' designed to help community members find accurate health information online. And later we talk to a Lodi winemaker who credits Cal Poly’s 'Learn by Doing' philosophy for creating graduates armed with the practical, hands-on skills sought out by the wine industry.
Dec 18, 2019
Issues & Ideas: Gun safety, bringing bicycles to the developing world and avoiding employee burnout
On this week’s Issues and Ideas, we talk gun safety and gun violence. As of Monday, December 9, 2019, there have been been 393 mass shootings across the United States and more than 55,000 acts of gun violence. We speak with two Central Coast community members with differing perspectives on the issues surrounding gun violence, gun safety and the 2nd Amendment. Dr. Bill Pummer of the San Luis Obispo Sportsman Association and Morro Bay city councilmember and Women’s March SLO founder Dawn Addis join host Brian Reynolds in the KCBX studio.
Dec 10, 2019
Issues & Ideas: SLO live art, agricultural grants and San Ardo walnuts
On the latest Issues & Ideas , a San Luis Obispo artist is working to find more employment opportunities for artists in the community. Jami Ray is the founder of Lamplight Arts Collective, a grassroots group of local independent artists working together to bring live art to San Luis Obispo and, hopefully, create paying gigs for Central Coast artists. We recently sat down with Ray to learn more about live art and the collective—which will be showcasing live art at the San Luis Obispo Farmer's Market on Thursday, December 5.
Dec 03, 2019
Playing With Food: Mystery cracked; it's walnuts!
A mystery grove along Highway 101 turns out to be walnuts. “Playing With Food” cracks the nut on 57 years of growing walnuts on the Central Coast near San Ardo.
Nov 25, 2019
Issues & Ideas: Allegations of love fraud, Central Coast economic health and modern dance
On this week’s Issues & Ideas, a hit true crime podcast in Australia tells the story of a mysterious woman who allegedly defrauded a family and then escaped to the Central Coast.
Nov 21, 2019
Issues & Ideas: Australian podcast searches for alleged con artist on the Central Coast
A hit true crime podcast in Australia has a major Central Coast connection. Season four of the “Unravel” podcast , titled Snowball , zeroes in on what the producers call 'love fraud .' The podcast revolves around a mysterious woman and the family she allegedly defrauded, and one family member's obsession with finding her, tracking down another alleged victim in Paso Robles, and even confronting the woman at the center of it all in San Luis Obispo. Click the Listen button above to learn more.
Nov 20, 2019
Issues & Ideas: 'Ballet Unbound'
A San Luis Obispo dance company is about to debut its fall season of performances. The mission of Movement Arts Collective is to “enhance the artistic landscape of the local and regional community through dance performance, education, and outreach, building both the artists and the audiences of the future.” Their upcoming contemporary ballet and modern dance performance titled "Ballet Unbound,” on November 15 and 17, is set to live music and showcases three works focused on the theme of overcoming barriers.
Nov 13, 2019
Issues & Ideas: Military recruitment at high schools, eviction and a plan for a local WWII memorial
On this week’s Issues & Ideas : Truth in Recruitment is a student advocacy group working to reduce the presence of military recruiters on high school campuses. We hear the group's concerns and what they are doing to expand access to information about post-high school options for teens. We also hear the perspectives of a Santa Maria Joint Unified School District administrator, and the U.S. Army captain in charge of military recruitment on the Central Coast.
Nov 05, 2019
Playing With Food: Pomegranate
From fire-red flowers in the summer to beautiful fruit in late autumn, the pomegranate can be found in small pockets of the Central Coast. Whether snacking on the seeds, sipping the juice or making jam, pomegranates are a taste-and-see must!
Oct 28, 2019
Issues & Ideas: An octopus garden, a wastewater plant, media literacy and "conscious closets"
On this week’s Issues & Ideas, the city of Morro Bay continues its effort to build a $126 million dollar wastewater treatment facility near the north end of South Bay Blvd. But a group of residents are putting on the brakes with a referendum campaign; the county is currently verifying signatures that could trigger a public vote.
Oct 22, 2019
Issues & Ideas: Housing teachers, digesting methane, and a new addition to downtown SLO
On this week’s Issues & Ideas , one Central Coast community is helping teachers fight affordability issues by housing them on school district land.
Oct 16, 2019